Council loses key figures

Sharon Kemp | Bendigo Weekly | 09-Sep-2016


THE City of Greater Bendigo is reeling from the imminent exit of two key figures in the council’s recent history, planning and development director Prue Mansfield and long-serving councillor Rod Campbell.

Councillors were notified at Wednesday night’s regular forum that Ms Mansfield had resigned from her position and would finish work on October 5.

Ms Mansfield told the Bendigo Weekly under a directorate restructure, her role would become health and wellbeing, businesses she managed when she started at the council in 2007.

Cr Rod Campbell has served for two consecutive terms, including a year as mayor which coincided with the first diagnosis of Guillain Barre Syndrome that years later has left him without the use of legs and hands.

He served another six years on council, contributing at times more than 30 hours a week as his health deteriorated, but yesterday told fellow councillors he would not to renominate.

“I am creating an opportunity for a new councillor,” Cr Campbell said yesterday.

“If you are seeking election, you have to be able to look someone in the eye and say you will do the work for four years.”

Among his contributions, Cr Campbell has been influential in his advocacy work for people with disabilities and he launched in August a committee that would address social inclusion.

Ms Mansfield said she would remain in Bendigo but it was time to look for a role that excited and challenged her.

Her old directorate of planning and development would no longer exist under the restructure and the role she had been offered did not afford the opportunities she

Accepting her resignation, council chief executive Craig Niemann said Ms Mansfield had made a lasting contribution to the future development of Greater Bendigo.

“We live in a thriving regional city and Prue has overseen the development of much strategic planning, including the Residential Strategy, Hospital Precinct Structure Plan, Rosalind Park Recreation Reserve Precinct Master Plan and the Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy (ITLUS) – all documents that will shape how we live for years to come,” Mr Niemann said.

“One of her most recent and difficult matters was the planning application to develop Bendigo’s first mosque.

“Prue has also made significant contributions in other areas such as overseeing innovation in dealing with domestic waste water, which will deliver better health outcomes for many residents.”


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